What, Why, How
Greater Charitable Foundation funding is enabling the delivery of the NEST Program in the Newcastle/Hunter Region and the Gold Coast. NEST is a skill development and employment pathway program for disadvantaged young people, families, men and women seeking to improve their lives through practical skills and knowledge.
The NEST Program provides nutrition education to vulnerable Australians, including disengaged youth, people at risk of homelessness, people on low incomes, in transitional housing and people with a mental illness. It gives them the skills and knowledge to be able to nurture themselves through guidance around healthier eating choices and food preparation.
NEST is a 5-week educational training program that equips people in need, those facing food insecurity and charitable agency staff with valuable skills and knowledge on nutritious healthy eating choices, low cost meal planning, food shopping, healthy cooking and ways to minimise food waste. Workshop content is tailored to meet the specialised needs of charities and vulnerable people who access the service.
The NEST Program's comprehensive design provides a unique learning experience that generates sustainable impact and positive results. The flow on and wider social impact from NEST is extensive with the practical skills gained being easily transferred to friends, family and other community members.
A Social Return on Investment (SROI) study undertaken by Bain & Company in late 2016 demonstrated that for every $1 invested into the NEST program, there is an economic return of $9.73.